Monday, September 11, 2017

Water Water Everywhere!

Well a hectic couple of weeks! My Daughters hen party, then the following weekend my lovely friends 50th Birthday party! It was a fantastic weekend, Jools was more than welcoming opening up her lovely home to a close bunch of friends and seven Dogs, yes seven! All dogs were so well behaved, I was in doggy heaven being surrounded by wet noses and waggy tails! Having not met her friends I was nervous, I needn't have worried they were all lovely and as nice as I thought they would be! You all know who you are so thank you for accepting me into your circle of friends, you are a great crazy bunch and it was great fun celebrating Jools Birthday with you all!

With Kirsty and Ians wedding day fast approaching, you can imagine it's all systems go on getting organised! Kirsty is a marvel and has everything in hand, it is going to be a wonderful day and I can't wait! I have surprisingly managed to get a dress and shoes for the big day. Now this is no mean feat for me, I really don't do dresses very often and I am even less likely to be seen in heels! I hate clothes shopping, so a few weeks ago when Mum, Heather and I had a meal at the Panoramic, we decided to have a look in some of the shops for a potential wedding outfit for me. Not looking forward to the task, we entered the dress department in Debenhams. I immediately spotted a lovely teal maxi dress, I tried it on and bought it, just like that,  painless and a huge relief! I have finally found suitable shoes too...they will last for as long as they have to but I know for a fact they will be getting kicked off and replaced with a more comfortable pair to party in.

Sneak preview of my dress.

Getting back to the meal in the Panoramic in Liverpool. My Mum had been given a voucher to have afternoon tea and very kindly invited Heather and I to join her. It was a lovely afternoon, the views from the 30+ floor were amazing!

 I loved this view from the Panoramic, the first stretch of water you see in the middle of the photo, is the Salt house dock, where any of you who have been through to Liverpool will have moored for your stay.


 This view across the River Mersey is looking over to where our flat is in New Brighton!

Liverpool link, 'Sids Ditch' the thin strip of water top right of photo. I love this trip through to Liverpool. Never tire of it and can't wait to do it again.

My lovely Mum enjoying her tea.

 Yummy Panoramic Afternoon Tea! Oh ok and Cocktails!

You may be wondering at the title of this post, water water everywhere, well.... You know I have already said how pleased I am with being in the Marina, and I still am, very much so but...
My walk to the bus stop to get the bus to work is a mile walk from the Marina, now I actually enjoy the walk to work, now I am over the shock of how far the bus stop for my 300 bus is! On a fine day it's quite invigorating and enjoyable exercise, however on a wet blustery rainy day, it's another story!

The road I have to walk down to the bus stop is somewhat busy with cars, motorbikes and huge lorries going about their business. The side walks in places are alarmingly narrow but as I said I have slowly got used to taking my life in my hands and doing the trek the days I am in work, ( apart from the days Dan let's me have the car which I fully and truly appreciate). It took me a little while to realise just how flooded and waterlogged this road gets when we have heavy rain and as you all know that has been quite often recently.

So one morning last week I woke to torrential rain but knew I had to bite the bullet and go forth into the watery hell of the outside world. On starting my walk I soon, to my horror, realised I wasn't going to get far before I resembled a drowned rat, actually that is an understatement! As well as the rain pelting on my umbrella the lovely car/van/lorry drivers were kind enough to share the puddles they drove through with yours truly, not happy with just sharing the puddles with the bottom half of my body they decided to drench me from head to toe! I was stopped dead in my tracks after my first experience of a wonderful cascade of water flying with a whoosh into my was cold and for a split second took my breath away. I valiantly carried on with the uneasy feeling of the dampness seeping through to every part of my attire, do they even do waterproof bras I wondered! Finally I made it to the sanctuary of the little wooden hut bus shelter, my bus shelter, as it's very rare anybody else would be daft enough?? After diving into the very welcome shelter I composed my soggy self and marvelled at just how much water my Primani trousers could hold in each leg, so much so I felt at least a stone heavier than normal! I knew I would have to pop my head in and out the bus stop to keep an eye out for my bus otherwise he would not see me and drive right past! I was just getting into the swing of popping my head in and out like a proverbial cuckoo in a clock, and thinking how clever I was dodging the water spray from the traffic when I heard the rumble of a huge lorry baring down on my wooden bus stop, ha I thought you won't get me in here, as I pressed myself to the back of the bus shelter with a smug grin on my face lets see you get me now...WHOOSH!! The lorry thundered past and threw the contents of the gutter flood into the hut, filled my only shelter wall to wall with a deluge of water from the top of my head to my soggy feet. The most shocking part of the dousing was the force in which the water hit me in the face, I swear it wiped every bit of mascara from my eyelashes!! So what did I do?? After using language my Mum would ground me for, I just collapsed into a fit of giggles at the humour of it all, is this really happening to me? Just then I spied my bus. Thankfully the lovely bus driver glided slowly through the water to a halt, not wanting to splash me...bit bloody late for that, If I had dived fully clothed into a swimming pool I couldn't be anymore wet. The bus doors opened and the bus driver just looked at the sorry state I was in. You know when you visibly see somebody biting their lip so not to inappropriately laugh, that was the look on the bus drivers face, my look of, ''Don't you dare laugh'' diminished the look pretty quickly, but then we both laughed.

I spent the rest of the day in work looking like a shaggy dog who had been swimming in the canal. I dried out surprisingly quickly but my socks remained soggy all day and my hair dried out to resemble a burst cushion, then again my hair looks like a burst cushion most days, so no excuse there then! I now have dry socks in my locker in work. Note to oneself, under no circumstances do I leave the boat on a rainy day without wellies and waterproofs head to toe!

I watched Cold Feet on TV the other night one of the characters , Adam met the same fate as me....

I sympathised with every drop of water that blasted him in the face...I was thinking, been there done that ha ha ha bet he didn't have to work in soggy socks all day!

Now because this is essentially a boat blog, I will leave you with these photos...

Tickety Boo, happy in her new mooring.

                                     View from stern door at Dusk.

                                           No place like Home..
                                         View from side hatch from my pontoon 
So that is me up to date! Lots to look forward to and as always happy with my lot! I swore I wouldn't light my first Autumn/Winter fire till at least October but I gave in yesterday! I love lighting the first fire after Summer. Cosy nights on the boat, with hot stews, soups and scouse cooked on the wood burner, with crusty bread to look forward to and snuggles on the sofa watching a movie with Dan. Happiness is...the simple things in life...                                 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Back In Blog World!

Well we are now into August. As always it shocks me at just how fast time goes!

Having the boat in the Marina is a godsend. The atmosphere is lovely, the people are lovely and I feel so relaxed staying on the boat here. As much as I would rather be out travelling about on the boat, a future I am so looking forward to, if I have to have a mooring while I have to go to work, I can't think of a nicer place to be!

I feel really lucky that I have the choice of two lovely homes. My fab Tickety Boo and a lovely flat in New Brighton looking out over the Mersey! Still being near the water and watching the wide array of boats and ships leaving and arriving at the port of Liverpool is great, what more could a girl want?
My heart is in the boat and Dan's heart is in the flat but we both feel equally comfortable in either places, so we have finally reached a happy medium that suits us both.We both realise how lucky we are to have two great places to spend time with our favourite pains in the arse!

This month has been pretty manic, I spend a lot of the year not socialising that much, I am not much of a party animal but suddenly all the invites come together!! We had Dan's Sister Anns 60th. It was a great party and enjoyed by all! Then my lovely Daughter Kirsty had a hen afternoon in a gorgeous setting. Her good friend Clare organised it all and she did Kirsty proud! We had afternoon tea in the beautiful Vintage Tea Room on Mathew street in Liverpool. It was a fabulous place , food and service spot on. The whole place is realistically vintage and the atmosphere was so relaxed. For any of you boaters coming through to Liverpool it comes highly recommended for a visit, I promise you won't be disappointed!

This coming weekend I have another celebration, a lovely friend I met through our love of boats,  is celebrating her 50th birthday, you know when you meet someone and you immediately know you are on the same wavelength, well that is how I am with her. we haven't known each other that long but it doesn't feel like that, feels like I have known her a lot longer! I feel honoured that she has included me in her close circle of friends to celebrate her Birthday. I am so looking forward to a fun filled weekend...details will follow after the event! If allowed by the party girl of course!

So, Tickety Boo? I have had the boat for nearly 14 years now and I love her so much! Who knew?
Considering all that went on at the beginning of my boaty venture, not to mention all that has gone on during, all of which I frankly wouldn't change, I am more happy than I have ever been! All that has happened to me in the past has moulded me into the person I am now, and lead me into the life I have now, so why wish I could change any of it? I still worry when I look at the list of jobs that need doing to keep her maintained, but I know they will be done, eventually....and so worth the effort!

Dan and I are on a very even keel, ( pardon this old pun again). We have had our up's and down's, mostly up's I am happy to say! It is hard at times embarking on a relationship in your fifties, especially when you have had a period of being alone where you quite quickly get set in your ways!!

The main issue was our two completely different lifestyles!! While Dan likes the boat and feels at home when he stays here, it's not for him 24/7. I on the other hand feel the same about the flat! It did cause friction for a while, but as soon as we both realised we could tailor the relationship to cater for both of us and reach a happy medium, we both find ourselves in our own comfort zones and it's nice! Compromise on both sides works wonders for a relationship!

Looking back over the years I have been with Dan, including the downs, I am so glad we didn't give up and go our separate ways, we are good together but our stubborn streaks often cause havoc! Thankfully we get over the squabbles eventually, and get back to our happy selves.

More news recently, is that of my youngest Daughter Heather, I am so proud of her, as I am of Kirsty and Dean too, she has recently moved into her own place, she is renting a lovely little house and it is a credit to her. I have been on a couple of sleepovers with her since she has moved in, always great fun, we are both crazy and do a lot of laughing! I am so impressed with how she is coping. I know what she has done is not easy, it can be quite a shock to the system when you are responsible for all the bills but she is doing great, and it's lovely to see.

My eldest Daughter Kirsty has recently moved to a lovely part of the country, Tamworth. Her, Ian and the girls now live in a lovely little house and I couldn't be happier for them. The girls have settled into their new schools and are both amazing little girls who I am very proud of! I don't see them as much but it makes me happy knowing that they are happy with their Mum and Dad in their new home. Kirsty and Ian get married in September and I can't wait, that will be for another post though! Ian is all you could wish for in a future Son in law, they are a lovely little family.

My Son Dean is the only one left to fly the nest! His Dad has given him such a lovely home to live in for so long I know it will be a wrench for him. I am trying to encourage him to go over on the Wirral, the flats over there are lovely and quite reasonable rent wise. As he works over there it would make sense. I hope he gets settled soon, then I will be happy that all my children are settled in their own places...none of them have even considered a boat?? I find that unbelievable!! Maybe, and I am being tongue in cheek here, they're not mad enough like their Mum!!

I am hoping to get back into my blogging again, Heather has recently got a new lap top so has kindly let me bring her old one back to the boat, I am like a Pig in Poo! I can blog again.My last lap top gave up the ghost, my lovely friend Jerry the Wizard tried to fix it for me but to no avail. He did however save all my photos! I will be forever grateful to him for that!. I only enjoy blogging on a laptop, while I can do it on my tablet or phone it's not quite the same as tapping away on a keyboard, something I find very satisfying! As this is a new lap top, I need to get photos sorted and how to get them on here! It's surprising how quickly you get out of practice!

I am off work for two weeks and have many jobs I want to get sorted while I am off, Tickety has rust spots that need sorting before they get really bad, the weather however is raining on my parade, I am  living in hope that I will get at least a few days to get sanding and painting done!Story of my life but my big hunk of steel is so worth it! Dan is spending the two weeks holiday with his daughter Erin at the flat, I will hopefully join them for the odd meal or day out, It's nice that we can both do what makes us happy with our time off and then meet in the middle now and again! It's good to miss and be missed!

I promise my next blog won't be too far away, and will be accompanied, by photos that will make it more interesting! I have plans for Tickety Boo's decor, lots of plans, mainly the boudoir! I can't wait to get stuck in! I have to put those plans on the back burner for now though! I have the 50th party weekend coming up, then Kirsty's wedding then to top it off my lovely Mum is a fantastic 80 years young in October, so it is all go!! Not forgetting my lovely Dan's Birthday in September! I have to say I couldn't keep this social activity up long term but I am enjoying every minute!!

Just a thought before I the time all the social activities are over, thoughts will be turning to Christmas!! Where on earth did 2017 go??  As much as I hate to discuss Christmas just now, I am looking forward to decorating the flat for our first Christmas there! Apologies for mentioning the ''C'' word....

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Boat Village Life!

Well it's Saturday in the boat village, it's a gorgeous day even if the wind is a little cold.
I have been out and had a nice walk, been to put my rubbish in the bin...loving being able to do that!!
You always have to take into consideration just how long a simple task like taking your rubbish to the bin takes! Being amongst boats where ever you are, brings out the friendliness in people, so taking a stroll around to the bins often results in chatting to people, today was no different! I said good morning to a couple with two children and two dogs we got chatting as you do. They are excitedly waiting for their new wide beam to come to the Marina, they are ecstatic and it was palpable, I was soon smiling from ear to ear for them too.

They were asking how nice was it being on the boat and in the Marina, my enthusiasm for how nice it is just made them even more excited if that was possible! How lovely for them, I hope all goes well for them, I somehow know they are going to love it!

Over the years my mood has fluctuated over my life afloat, I have never once regretted my decision to take to the canal lifestyle, I just sometimes get days when it all becomes a little overwhelming, especially when things go wrong. But then doesn't everybody feel like that whatever path they choose in life? I am an over thinker, no in fact I am an over over thinker!! I take things to heart and let them hurt more than should be allowed...I wallow in worry at times then once through the other side wonder why I have been so daft. I dust myself off and carry on!

Whatever happens in my life be it good or bad I like to think I can walk away with some clarity as to why it happened, not everything is controlled by us though is it? As I have got older though, the wisdom that comes with age does start to make more sense, well some of the time anyway!

The one thing I find difficult, really difficult is why other people can't feel what I feel? I am hopeless at drifting off into my own little bubble, Danny could tell you all about that one, he just doesn't understand where I go when I get immersed in my thoughts, it's like I have walked through a door into another dimension one that not many others if anybody can understand, whats more I like it there! When something captures my attention, however mundane it may be to others, I'm gone and sometimes for some time!! Is that a bad habit or good depends on what way you look at it! If however there is something else interesting going on that keeps me engrossed I won't disappear to the annoyance of those nearest and dearest to me, I will stay involved with them in this new interest.

Dan and I find it really hard at times, we have such diverse interests and sadly it is putting a huge strain on our relationship. as much as I have tried to inject interest into Dan about this wonderful boat lifestyle he just doesn't feel it like I do.... there by lies the problem. We will hopefully work through our differences and come up with a solution....but time will tell.

For all you lovely couples out there who both love boat life, don't ever take that for granted. I have lost count of the amount of couples who struggle because one loves the lifestyle and the other doesn't. It's not wrong on either persons account just makes things a tad difficult!!

We will either come up with a solution or sadly go our separate ways...

In the meantime I will do my up most to be happy, and I am here, other areas of my life are not so, 'plain sailing' but hopefully the storm will be weathered and a calm outlook will resume!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Another New Chapter!

Well here we are again, it's been a while since I last blogged.
My life is constantly changing, whose isn't?
I haven't felt settled for a long time. Always feel comfortable on Tickety Boo, she is my sanctuary, my big steel hug that envelopes me in her safe arms!
It's the outside things that have made me feel unsettled...

I am not going to linger too much on my last mooring. What can I say, it was fabulous while it lasted...until my happiness there was brought to an abrupt halt. Now this, 'Halt' was to me at the time a nightmare but as time has gone on it wasn't such a nightmare as a blessing!

I have many fond memories of my time at the club where I was moored for 13 years. I met some lovely people, who hopefully I will see out and about on the cut. I also, to my sadness, met people who shocked me to the very core with their actions! I shouldn't think for one minute these people would ever read my blog...personally I wouldn't want them to if I am being honest but the people in question know who they are. If they are proud in how they have conducted themselves it just sums up the type of people they are. Individuals I am so glad I have distanced myself from!

I refuse to go into anymore detail than that, as individuals they don't really warrant valuable space on my blog! My blog is for nice things, they are categorically not nice!

So, on to this new chapter. I am now in a Marina! I have always dreaded the thought of being moored in a Marina! Marina's to me always conjured up a picture of a car park for boats, how wrong could I be! I now liken it more to a village, a boat village. The atmosphere here is lovely, very relaxed and well run. All clean and tidy, lots of trees and greenery which I love, friendly people facilities are excellent and the Marina tea rooms are so relaxed and welcoming. You know when you go to a new place and it all feels strange, it takes a while to settle? It never felt strange here from day one.

I recently put a post on my face book saying that if boats could smile Tickety Boo would have a huge grin on her bow, but in the meantime I will smile for both of us!

Financially I have had to tighten my purse strings, but the extra expense is worth every penny for the peace of mind I now have, so much so I have decided to bore you all with my blog posts once more!

I have been off the past week feeling run down with a cold and all the stress of the past few weeks, not the nicest of periods in my life but now firmly put behind me. I once again have lots to look forward to.

I will over the coming weeks and months hopefully have interesting things to waffle on about on here so apologies in advance!

I have to add just before I go, aren't friends and family wonderful when you are having a tough time? I have such lovely people surrounding me and know how lucky I am. I have a lovely family who are always there for me. Also a lovely man who has been in my life for the past 4 years.  We are having problems and worries just now but I know given time we will get through it and it will be sorted one way or another. I am 60 in two years time and I want to live the rest of my life being happy, whatever that takes to achieve  I will strive towards...

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Life Is Good!

My life is so, so busy at the minute, I seem to keep meeting myself coming back!
Busy in a very good way though.

For those of you who know me through my Face Book, the secret is out, for those who don't I will divulge!

As you know I love my boat with all my heart, those who read my blog will have read my glowing endorsements advertising the fact I am like a pig in poo! The only thing that has been lacking in my life was that, 'special person'.....I had started to give up hope of ever finding him...but then I did!

You, my blog readers will know all about my past relationships, so I don't need to run through them again. They didn't work out in one way or another, upsetting, but they didn't work out for good reason. I am a firm believer in fate. I really don't regret anything that has happened in the past, I have fabulous memories which drown out the not so fabulous ones!

 I liken my past experiences to rungs on a ladder. Life is like a game of snakes and ladders in a way, you climb up the ladder with good experiences you slide down the snake with bad. The euphoria you feel when once again you're climbing the ladder is immense, for me anyway.

I met Dan through a dating website, enough said on that score, but I won't pull dating sites down, as I would never have met Dan without it!

We instantly hit it off, and we were instantly comfortable with each just know don't you?

Another thing we do such a lot of is laugh, he makes me smile and laugh constantly, if a person can make me laugh they have won me over. I feel so lucky to have met him, I now see a future, a lovely happy one with a Man I love from the bottom of my heart to the top!

Ok, ok enough of the mushy stuff, but I truly have turned into a big softie, I like the way I feel, it's good for the soul!

It will be two years we have been together at Easter, two of the happiest years I have had in a long time. Dan says I am his, ' breath of fresh air', he must have been living in smog a while then! But for me it is lovely he feels that way!

So, to the news....My last Birthday, in June, Dan proposed! We had spoken about it and both said we would like to, but it came as a complete surprise! A surprise in more ways than one, as I had always said I would never go down that road again. Just shows, you should never say never!

My Birthday I spent in work, but the plan was that after work I would travel over to see Dan and we would have a coffee in New Brighton then home for a Birthday tea. Unbeknown to me, Dan and my Mum had hatched a cunning plan.....

When talking to my Mum one day about thoughts of settling down with Dan, she did ask did I think we would get married, I shocked myself by immediately replying yes, that I did. We then got on to the subject of engagement rings. The nicest thing then happened, Mum said she would like us to have the ring that my Dad bought her all those years ago when they got engaged. Now that really blew me away, I couldn't think of anything nicer, and how honoured I would be to wear the same ring my Dad got engaged to my Mum with. In a later conversation with Dan I mentioned to him how nice an offer it was for my Mum to make, he agreed it really was.....

Now back to my Birthday....Dan, without me knowing, had rung my Mum up to talk about us getting engaged and about the ring. My Mum suggested it would be a lovely idea to propose on my Birthday the following day, ( mmmmm was Mum keen to get me married off I wonder)!! Dan hadn't actually thought of  that, but decided it was a great idea. Sooooooo the next problem was my Mum getting the ring to Dan? Dan, like me, was in work on my Birthday, he is a Bus driver, so he was working right up till the time he was to meet me in New Brighton, so what did they do? Mum jumped the bus into Liverpool and waited for Dan's bus to pull in at one of his designated stops, she then stepped on the bus and handed Dan the ring!! How cunning were these two?

On meeting Dan in New Brighton I was totally oblivious to the forthcoming surprise. As always it was lovely to meet up with Dan, we were both in our work uniforms but we didn't care, and trotted off to have a coffee. After said coffee Dan suddenly declared he needed to walk along the front to the the theatre as he wanted to see what dates were coming up for a future show. I had no problem with a nice walk as it was a gorgeous day. There was good reason why Dan needed me to walk along the front with him.....

On one of our early dates, we met at a bench hut on the front at New Brighton, and that was where Dan was trying to get me to, he succeeded and we sat down just chatting and laughing about this and that. I then decided to stand up and suggest we start heading back for tea, Dan insisted I sit down again, he then promptly got on one knee and asked me to marry him, I was totally and utterly gobsmacked, I exploded into tears but laughing at the same time and said YES! I cried even more when he slid my Mum and Dads engagement ring on my finger, it was so very special to me to be wearing the ring my Dad put on my Mum's finger all those years ago, even more special as I lost my Dad to cancer when he was 61, he was taken far too early and I miss him soooo much, but to me it felt like he was so much part of this special day, he would have loved the fact that I was wearing their ring and that Dan has made me so very happy!

So my life has been enhanced ten fold since I met Dan, he is truly my soul mate and I am so looking forward to our future, and climbing the ladder together, and hopefully not sliding down too many snakes! Not to mention looking forward to the lovely Christmas we have planned for this year...but that will be another story!

I must also say a really BIG BIG Thank you from both Dan and I to my lovely Mum who helped make Dan's proposal even more special,
and of course to my lovely Dad too, who I know would have really liked Dan, as I have said before, I am a very lucky Girl!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Time Marches On!

Now I know we have all heard it before, but just how fast is the time flying by? I am a huge lover of quotes and such like, they often pop up on face book. Now and again one will really hit home with me, as this one did, so thought I would share it with you.....I like this 

It really makes you think doesn't it? The older I am getting, the more precious my time is.
I am the worst culprit I know for, ' wasting time'. I will spend ages just standing at the side hatch staring at the sky and marvelling at how the cloud formations change by the minute. I can spend hours on my lap top chatting to people I have never met, reading their comments and being interested in their lives and what they are up to, especially if they are fellow boaters. I may have dishes in the sink, an unmade bed, countless chores that need seeing to but I like my bouts of wasted time, because to me they are not wasted! I love them! Granted some days I will get to bed time and think that was a waste of a day, I could have been doing this, this or this, but all in all I enjoy my, 'me' days, I go at my pace and just do the things I want to do!

It fascinates me when I watch people bustling about. I look at them and wonder, have they even noticed the gorgeous colours the trees are right now, can they see the hundreds of Canadian Geese flying over in perfect formation, do they notice the clouds and how lovely the sky is, or is all this wasted on them? People have so much going on in their lives, jobs, families, money struggles all of life's ammunition that gets fired at us constantly, ill health, squabbles the price of fish!

 I am not for one minute making light of these personal problems, every individual deals with them differently,I am not belittling the importance of what is distracting a person but, to all those people the sky is just as beautiful, the rainbow that has just appeared after that nuisance of a downpour is every bit as gorgeous, the cute little dog that just walked past, the cheeky toddler in a pram just waiting for your eye contact so they can try out their brand new, 'Hiya' they have just mastered!

I have watched people walking along the opposite towpath, the sun set has been stunning and they don't even lift their heads to see? I want to shout, "Oi look at that sun set, your missing it"! For fear of being locked up, I don't!

I suppose if I really stop and think, not everybody sees things as I do, and as always it is down to personal choice. Some people, namely me, can lose themselves in a sun set or a rainbow when there are more pressing things I should be dealing with, things that others would find far more important, to them anyway, things they will miss that rainbow for. Maybe I have my priorities so wrong, but I feel safe in the knowledge that these wonderment's of nature are not, and will never be, wasted on me! Is it since I have had the boat or have I always been the same?

I vividly remember playing as a child in the garden and using my imagination to play my little games. The Red Hot Poker flowers growing in the garden that I would pick bits from and put them in water and pretend it was a gold fish in a pond or lake!! All that mattered to me in that instant as a child were these little fish that I had created, my imagination held no bounds! I loved to get lost in it I do now as an adult, not that I play pretend gold fish anymore, I now have real fish and water to look at!!

I also love to lose myself in my writing, stuff and nonsense as I often call it! I often like to stop the world and get off, just to be in my world and not have to share this world with anybody, just for a short time. I then have to run to catch up with the real world once again, I liken it to seeing a person running after an old fashioned bus, you know the ones with the open ended back deck, I just grab the pole in time and drag myself back to reality, just in time to immerse myself into mundane, ' Have to do's' like work and chores!!

I will never lose sight of the fact I have a charmed life. For all the moaning I do, and believe me I do, at times, a mean female version of Victor Meldrew, I know I am a truly lucky person. Lucky in the fact I haven't had some of the horrendous traumas people have had to endure, traumas that maybe sadly diminish their ability to find wonderment in the simple things. I have lost people, as we all have, close family like my Dad, my Nan Grandad Grandma and friends and my little Dog, who have been taken far too early, all of which leave a deep sadness that you have to learn to live with, otherwise the gift you have of life that was whipped away from those you have lost, is wasted on you....

Now I ask myself, what brought all this on? In all honesty I have no clue, I just wanted to write what was in my head, so I did, because I can!

I love my days off, I love my selfish, 'Debbie Days'. I love writing things down. I wonder if in years to come people will come across this blog, read it and think, what a nutter. I do hope so!! It will have all been worthwhile!

Changing the subject somewhat, my fire door has been re glazed and re roped, so Dan will pick that up for me Tuesday, I can then have my stove lit when on the boat. I just need to reseal the fire, put my new chimney in place then jobs a gooden! My central heating has come in handy while my fire has been out of commission, but you can't beat the wood burner, to be honest it hasn't really been needed up to now the weather has been so mild. I still look forward to lighting my first fire for Winter, even after ten years of doing it! 

Right I really must go get that 'real world' bus there is one due any minute! Needs must, I really do have chores to do, besides there are no Rainbows to look at right now! Then again the sun has just come out, the view from the side hatch is stunning......late for the bus again!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

I'm Back!

Well, I didn't really go anywhere to be honest, but my trusty old laptop gave up the ghost. After being hammered for five years, it had finally had enough and given up!

I am now the proud owner of a new laptop, courtesy of my new 02 contract, I renewed at the beginning of the month. The laptop was a, "gift" mmmm, you don't really get anything for nothing, but it was the only way I was going to get another laptop, I couldn't afford to just go and buy one. So I have a new phone and laptop from 02, and a Wifi thingy majig from 3. My previous dongle was 3, so decided to stay with them, as my internet on the boat was always quite good with them.

Armed with my laptop and little wifi box, I decided to set the whole thing up, how hard could that be? The lovely young man in the 3 shop said it was a doddle to set up.....three hours later the laptop was becoming scarily close to being launched through the open side hatch! I tried to put my personal wifi code into the computer, time and time again but couldn't get on line, I was fast running out of patience. The signal strength was high on the little wifi box but my laptop just would not connect, doddle he said grrrrr!

I had all about given up, decided to take the whole kit and caboodle back to the 3 shop the next day, so the lovely young man could show me his doddle skills! I just happened to take a last look at the wifi code I was supposed to tap in, this time I looked under a bright light, only to discover one of the digits that looked like the number 1, was in fact the letter i ..... I retried and hey presto it worked.....then again it would with the right code wouldn't it?

We had a lovely ten days on the boat in the Salthouse Dock Liverpool. We decided to go when the french giants where in town, it was brilliant and the gorgeous weather was a bonus!

I haven't managed to upload any photos yet, that's another challenge that lies ahead, this laptop is so different from my old one, so if the code took me three hours to type in, heaven only knows how long it will take me to fathom out how to get photos on here! 

I have lived with my lovely new decor for nearly a year now and I love it, my new galley colour scheme being my favourite. the shelf I mentioned in my previous post is all done and up on the wall, I am so pleased with it!

So from being all tatty and dirty in Mum's garage, painted and cut down to fit, it finishes off the galley perfectly!

I love revamping things, you just get so much satisfaction out of seeing the transformation.

I have since added little led fairy lights around the shelf, it will look nice and cosy for the winter!

Talking of winter, my fire is in urgent need of a revamp, it needs new glass and rope, new liners and the fire cement around the joints needs replacing, not to mention a new chimney for the roof! I will then give it a good clean and paint with stove paint, pictures of progress in another post! Luckily I have gas central heating as a stand in until the fire is up and running!

Well, it is a pleasure to blog
again on my new laptop, hopefully I will post at more regular intervals!

Talking of boat stoves, don't they look sad and dreary in the summer when not lit, sitting in the corner looking all dark and dismal.....I decided to do something about that a few years ago. I put fairy light string balls in there with weather cones and whatever else I fancy, it just gives it a bit of life in the summer months, they can easily be removed and put away when
it is time to light the fire!

Looking forward to cosy winter nights, in with Dan on the boat. 
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